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Interview – The Lulu Raes

Stream ‘Fake It’ below.

What is your name and what is your role in the band?
My name is Tom and I play drums.

How did you guys meet, and what led to the creation of The Lulu Raes?
Tara’s and Ed heard each others demos a while back and wanted to work with each other. The rest of us knew Taras in different ways, he kinda just put us all in a room.

How would you describe The Lulu Raes?
A band that’s a bit of fun that you can take your mum to. No daddies.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
Fake It because I wrote it. I am the only drummer in Australia who also writes songs, and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets The Lulu Raes apart from the rest?
We are the only band in Australia where all our members can play more than one instrument. It’s extremely rare and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.

You’re coming up to the release of your debut album. How much pressure, if any, has the band put on itself during the creation?
A little bit, it took us a while to get it out and all the while we were laying pretty low in terms of live performances, so we felt that it had to be something worth the time. We feel good about it now though, it’s a nice reflection of the time we spent writing. Album two will be written in 3 days. That’s a joke. It’ll take a day.

How was the writing process for this album?
We took a week in Goulburn in this big farm house to record and jam a lot of demos, which was great to get a good idea of how we wanted the songs to sound before getting into the studio. It was nice to finish a day of work and step outside to ride a cow.

Obviously each song holds a place in your hearts with that being said how did you go about choosing Fake It as the single?
I wrote it. I am the only drummer in Australia who also writes songs, and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.

Do you have any shows coming up?
Yeah we are playing at the Landsdowne Hotel in Sydney on the 17th of Feb and then the Workers club in Melbourne on the 24th, excited to play the new stuff.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
The whiplash you hear in “Fake it” is Marcus getting his cow to run faster in order to jump the ol’ Barn-house at McGinteys dairy Farm.

Tell us your top 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Neon Queen, Wharves and King Colour

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